Cam Newton, QB, Panthers: Fantasy Football Outlook

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Cam Newton, QB, Panthers

Position/Rank ADP NFL Team Status Experience Age Height Weight Twitter
QB - #10 97.79 CAR Questionable 6 years 28 6'5 245 @CameronNewton

2017 Outlook: Solid/Safe Pick

Last updated on Aug-19-2017 by Shawn Childs

Newton lost his 'Superman' jersey in 2016. It almost looked like a hangover from his loss in the Super Bowl. His completion rate (52.9) fell off the chart with a sharp decline in his yards per rush (4.0) with both numbers being career lows by a wide margin. He missed one game due to a concussion while playing through a right shoulder injury (torn labrum) that required surgery in March. Cam passed for over 300 yards in two of his first five starts with seven TDs in those two games. He had one passing TDs or fewer in 11 of 15 games while passing for 300 yards in only one other game. His shoulder was a clear issue, which is why Newton was missing in action rushing the ball over his last seven games (5/7, 3/6/1, 3/12, 8/31, 3/0, 8/36, and 3/6). The Panthers expect him to be 100 percent healthy by the start of the regular season while limiting his workload over the summer. I hate players coming off of injuries, but Cam will have a much lower price point in 2017. His short-area receiving game will be improved with Christian McCaffrey, and Curtis Samuel added to the roster, but his upside will come down to the rebound of Kelvin Benjamin. I respect his talent enough where 4,500 combined yards with 30 combined TDs is still within reach. With better options in the short passing game, Cam should have his best completion rate of his career.

(Updated: 08/01/17)

NEWS: Cam Newton was limited by soreness in his surgically-repaired shoulder on Tuesday.

RONIS: It's not a surprise. There's going to be some pain in the shoulder along the way as he recovers and the Panthers are going to take it easy with Newton. He experienced pain in his throwing shoulder and didn't participate in passing drills. Newton also missed some teams drills in Sunday's practice and head coach Ron Rivera said it was routine maintenance. Newton has an ADP of 115 in FFWC drafts as the QB8. He has the ability to be a Top 5 QB, but a lot depends on his running. Logic says Newton would run less, but Newton said he won't shy away from running. The Panthers could call less designed runs for Newton and they are clearly trying to get the ball out of his hands quicker. I will not draft Newton as a Top 8 QB.

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